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Q&A: Billions spent on pet food

Billions spent on pet food

How much money is spent on pet foods yearly in the United States?

Of the $41.2-billion spent on pets in the United States in 2007, $16.2-billion was spent on food. That was expected to increase to $16.9-billion in 2008, the American Pet Products Association says. Its National Pet Owners Survey shows 63 percent of U.S. households — 71.1-million homes — own a pet.

Reports of a broken jaw

I heard that Ann Coulter had her mouth wired shut. If this is true, what happened?

In late November, the New York Post reported that the conservative columnist had broken her jaw — how was not explained — and had her mouth wired shut.

If true, she's well on her way to recovery. On Dec. 10, she spoke at an event hosted by the New York University College Republicans Club. In a brief video from that event posted on YouTube she speaks with a slight impediment.

In line for the presidency

Please list the people who would be in line to replace the president in case of death, resignation or impeachment.

The Presidential Succession Act lists the order of succession should the president die, resign or be removed from office.

After the vice president, speaker of the House of Representatives, and president pro tempore of the Senate, the line of succession moves to the Cabinet secretaries, in the chronological order in which their departments were created:

Secretary of State; secretary of the Treasury; secretary of Defense; attorney general*; secretary of the Interior*; secretary of Agriculture; secretary of Commerce; secretary of Labor; secretary of Health and Human Services.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; secretary of Transportation; secretary of Energy; secretary of Education; secretary of Veterans Affairs; and secretary of Homeland Security.

* These two offices do not follow in chronological order.

The meaning of (sic)

In newspapers in people's quotes, sometimes you see (sic). What does that mean?

"Sic" is a Latin word for "thus" or "so." When used within brackets or parentheses, (sic) indicates the quoted passage contains an error or something questionable and is not an editorial mistake. For example, when quoting the U.S. Constitution: "But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse (sic) from them by Ballot the Vice-President."

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